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Neko Box | March Box theme Hanami | Unboxing & Review

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*Neko Box does not sponsor this post, I paid for the Box & everything I say is my own honest opinion*


Hello dear earthlings! Today I am reviewing the March Box “Hanami” from “Neko Box”.

Neko Box is a monthly subscription Box coming all the way from Japan! The owners of Neko Box are Carly and Rob, they are from New Zealand but now live in Japan. Each month they send you Japanese-made ceramics (like plates, sake cups), stationery, art prints and other cool things! The goodies are chosen based on the monthly theme. The March theme was “Hanami”, Hanami is a Cherry Blossom Party, so this month the items were inspired by Cherry Blossoms. Previous Themes were “Mount Fuji” and a “New beginnings Box”. April’s theme is “Edo”, which is the old name for “Tokyo”. The Hanami Box was my first one (but definitely not my last one)! But now let’s get to the facts.

  • Neko Box is based in Japan (also I think Neko means Cat btw!)
  • It’s a monthly box
  • A Box costs $34.99 (but you get $5 off your first order when you use the Code 5OFF!)
  • Shipping costs between $10 – $18 depending on where you live and if you choose normal or express shipping
  • It comes with a tracking number, which is always important to me!
  • My Box was shipped on March 11 with express shipping & arrived on March 15
  • On the website you can only pay with Credit / Debit Card, but you can email them & then they send you a paypal invoice! I was also told, that they will add PayPal to their website next month!

So the shipping was seriously fast, everything was well wrapped and everything just went super smooth.

So here is my reaction to the Box:

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Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Japan. I love the country, the culture, the food, the literature and it is my dream to travel there asap. So when I stumbled upon Neko Box in February I was like … I NEED THIS. And seriously guys, the Box is absolutely stunning.

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Here is what’s inside:

  • Sake Bottle
  • Sakura Plate
  • Sakura Chopsticks
  • Sakura Cloth
  • Sakura Stickers
  • Bamboo Mat
  • KAWA Zine Issue 5

Total Retail Value: $72

 

Seriously look at that! That is pure beauty. For someone who is obsessed with Japan, this is the ultimate subscription Box. I love every single piece. Everything is very useful and it’s so cool that they insert a KAWA Zine Issue in every Box. It’s a mini travel magazine that is exclusively designed for Neko Box customers. Each month it will guide you through one of Carly’s & Rob’s favourite spots in Japan with lots of Infos, photos and cute illustrations.

I am incredibly happy with my Box and I have already paid for my April Edo Box. Do not wanna miss out! Also, if you are not a fan of mystery subscription Boxes (not knowing what you get), they have a shop where you can purchase single items. For example, you really like one item from the March Box, then you can go to their shop and purchase that item.I think that is super cool! I seriously didn’t dislike one item, I really like the mix of ceramics and Stationery and I am very excited to see what the Edo Box will contain. I hope that they will send out cool stationery stuff (like pens, cards/postcards, writing paper). I love stationery! Also I think some Art stuff (like a cool Poster, or again cards/postcards) would be soooo cool. But those are just a few things that would turn my A+ Rating into an AA+++ Rating 😀

So the Neko Box gets an A+ rating from me, they have definitely gained a long time customer over here. But enough of my blabbering, here are my unboxing photos:

Back from my hiatus

Hello dear people of the Internet!

For those who have forgotten about me, I am Kira and I suck at blogging. I am truly sorry for being gone for so long but sadly life kinda suckerpunched me and it took me a while to get up again.

But now I am back and I will try my very best to blog again more regulary. Pinky promise.

This is just a short post to let you know what I have planned for my next posts. There is an unboxing/review coming your way, either today or tomorrow. It’ll be about a fabulous subscription box all the way from Japan, trust me, you wanna see that!

I also have another Book subscription Box coming my way, which should arrive in May:

Other than that, I have a few Book and Movie reviews planned and I will try to not keep you waiting for too long.

Thank you for reading my blog & Sayonara for now !

 

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Book Review – Broken Samurai

Broken Samurai – Al Carlisle

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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was very excited when I got the chance to read this book. I hadn’t read any non-fictional books in a long time, and the fact that „Broken Samurai“ was about a man who suffered from PTSD after serving in the Vietnam war really interested me. I had also heard the name „Al Carlisle“ before, so I jumped right into reading this book.

The story follows Danny through his time in Vietnam, where he was surrounded by death, had to see friends being killed and found himself going numb. The reader also learns a lot about Danny’s past, and about his past war days. To see what happened to Danny after returning from war, was truly awful. His PTSDs slowly took over him and turned him into a whole different person, a numb person, who did awful things.

I enjoyed Carlisle’s writing style, he wrote a „preface“ before starting chapter 1, which really got me hooked. The story is mostly told in the style of an interview. Carlisle asked Danny questions about himself, and I found Denny to be extremely open and clear about how he was feeling. It was „easy“ to understand how he felt and what was going on inside of him.
It shocked me to see what PTSDs can do to someone. I never dealt with anything close to PTSDs, neither do I know anyone close to me, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read this book. I hope that more people will read this book to understand, what war can do to people. Sadly, wars are still present today. I don’t want to talk about how war affects the people, that is a different story, but rather how it affects the soldiers who are being trained to kill. But no one helps them deal with it. „Teaching“ them how to deal with the fact that you killed people. And how to deal with what you had to witness, other people being killed.

It was hard for me to feel sorry for Danny, because he did horrible things. But his past explains what triggered him to do some of these things, and though it does not make Danny’s actions okay, it makes you understand what PTSDs can do to someone and that those people truly need professional help.
The most important message of this book, is raising awarness for PTSDs. And that it so important. Any kind of mental health issues are still „taboo subjects“, things you don’t really talk about. But we have to talk about them in order to prevent more people to turn numb from their pain, to prevent them from becoming „Danny“.

I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Bloguest 2016 | My Favorite Closing Lines – DeliriousDreams

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Hey everyone, I am Kira from DeliriousDreams and I am very excited to be a part of Bloguest again this year! Today, I will talk about my 5 favorite closing lines in books. It was super hard to choose my 7 picks! So many amazing closing lines, in so many amazing books!! *sigh* Anyway,  I hope you enjoy reading 🙂

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

1. [….] “Geneviève has gone back to her counter. She gave us a little wave before she went. I must have looked miles away because Lucas moved his hand gently in front of my face.

He brought his mouth to mine and I felt hit lips first, then his tongue and our saliva mixed. And then I understood that of all the questions I ask myself, the one about which direction your tongue goes in isn’t the most important.”

No and Me is…

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Bloguest 2016 | Bookstores I want to visit – DeliriousDreams

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Hello, dear people of the Internet! My name is Kira, I blog under the name  DeliriousDreams and I am very excited to be a part of Bloguest again this year!! 🙂

My topic is “Bookstores I want to visit”. That topic caught my eye very quickly. I think that is such an interesting thing to talk about since there are so many beautiful and magical bookstores in this world.  I will introduce to the ones I would like to visit one day. It was very hard for me to reduce my selection to 5 Bookstores. I initially had more than 20 picked out, I will mention the other Bookstores at the end of the post. I also tried to pick out bookstores around the world, so that you all might find one near you.

To me, a bookstore is a magical place. A place where I can just “get lost”…

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The Handwriting Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Michelle to do “The handwriting tag” and it looked so fun, that I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to do it!! 🙂 Thanks again for tagging me ❤


Instructions, if you are tagged:

  1. Write your name!
  2. Write your blog name!
  3. Write your favorite word and its definition!
  4. Write something nice!
  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now!
  6. What’re you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself!
  8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon!
  9. Write a silly message!
  10. Write who you’re tagging!

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Illumicrate May Box | Unboxing & Review

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*Illumicrate does not sponsor this post, I paid for the Box & everything I say is my own honest opinion*


Hey Guys!

Before I start this blog post, I would like to mention that Illumicrate seriously does not sponsor this post. Because it might sound like they do, but they don’t. I swear this is my honest opinion.

So, if you follow my blog you may have seen my post about the February Illumicrate Box, which I fell deeply in love with. So obviously I was extremely excited for the May Box. But before I get to the Box, I would like to introduce Illumicrate to those of you, who haven’t heard of Illumicrate yet.


Illumicrate is a quarterly book subscription Box, meaning it ships out 4 times a year              (November, February, May & August) and Illumicrate is based in the UK!

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My Experience with “WORDERY” Review

 

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*Wordery does not sponsor this post, everything I say is my own honest opinion, I paid for everything myself*

Hey Guys! Today I will share my experience with the Bookshop WORDERY with you.

I have to admit that I didn’t know Wordery existed, until a friend told me about it. I used to buy most books from Amazon or BookDepository. But I don’t really want to support Amazon, I am not a fan of how they treat their workers and I had some really REEEEAAALLY big problems with BD lately! My Mom ordered a book for me (for Christmas) on November 22 from BD. Shipping to Germany is supposed to take 4-8 working days but on December 15, my book still hadn’t arrived. We got our money back, bought the book somewhere else and then suddenly… On december 23 (!!!) my book arrived. And sadly, this has happened 3 times again this year. So obvi, I was pissed AF and then Zin told me about a bookshop she had heard of. Wordery.

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The YA Chronicles March Box

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*The YA Chronicles do not sponsor this post, I paid for the Box & everything I say is my own honest opinion*


Konnichiwa Dear Humans!

Today, I have ANOTHER Review/Unboxing of the YA Chronicles. The Ya Chronicles are a monthly Book subscription box & they are based in Australia. The March Box was my 3rd Box from TYAC. Previously, I have reviews the December Box & The January Box. I skipped the February Box, because the theme (Rebel with a cause) implied, that the book would be Sci-Fi/Fantasy inspired and that’s just not my thing. So I skipped it 🙂 The March Box had the theme “Australia Made”, meaning The Book (or the Author) and all Goodies in the Box were from Australia (Australian Author, Australian suppliers). The theme was first announced as ” The Value of Friendship” when I first bought my box, but they later changed it to “Australia Made”. I didn’t mind that, even though I was looking forward to the Friendship Box. I had to skip the April Box simply because I couldn’t afford it this month. The theme was “Journal Junkie”. I’m hoping that the May Box will have a great theme!

But enough, with the talking, let’s get into the March Box!!

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